A city break in Aberdeen doesn’t necessarily mean spending most of your time in the city. Aberdeenshire is full of breathtaking paths and trails and a couple of hours of your time will be enough to admire Scottish natural beauty.

Today we present the Girdle Ness hiking path, which is located at the headland that guards the southern side of Aberdeen harbour. The walk includes visiting the historic lighthouse, Torry Battery, as well as admiring the magnificent sea views along the way.


 The trail starts at Torry Battery car park, which is situated on the north side of the road that loops around Girdle Ness. There have been cannons and coastal defences to protect Aberdeen harbour since the late 15th century but it was only in 1840 that the battery you see today was built. The walk continues down the road, heading slightly left before turning down a path on the right which leads down steps to the shore.

Turn right along the path that follows the coastline, with views out of the pier that carries a white harbour tower. Keep to the right of the wall and gate that blocks the pier entrance and then head up the flight of steps to continue round the coast at a higher level.

The road soon passes round the furthest end of the headland, dominated by Girdle Ness lighthouse. The lighthouse building is listed as a building of Architectural/Historic interest. The shipmaster of Aberdeen requested the establishment of the lighthouse at Girdle Ness, Aberdeen following the wrecking of a whaling ship called the Oscar in 1813. There were only 2 survivors from a crew of 45.


The road gives views across Nigg Bay. Continue until a road junction, and here turn right along St Fittick’s Road. This climbs gently back across the headland. Keep straight on when the main road bends left to descend back to the northern side. Turn right along the road and look out for a signed path heading down to the shore on the left. Follow this path back to the bottom of the steps at the start of the walk, enjoying the views of Aberdeen harbour.

If you’re looking for your next city break ideas, make sure that Aberdeen is on your list. From exploring old castles, tasting local food to hiking along breathtaking sea shore, your time in Aberdeen will be filled with fun and excitement.

When planning your visitdon’t forget to book accommodation at one of our Aberdeen hotels. All Thistle Aberdeen AirportThe Caledonian Aberdeen and Thistle Aberdeen Altens are located in the centre of Aberdeenshire, with easy access to its attractions and natural beauty.

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